Friday 5 August 2011

Firm to upgrade sewage plant

A COMPANY seeking to build a lakeside housing scheme in Co Tipperary is aiming to kickstart local development through upgrading a wastewater treatment plant.

Last year Lough Derg Portroe Developments Ltd applied for planning permission to build 29 houses on a site overlooking the lake at Portroe, Nenagh.

The application drew objections from local residents who questioned the demand for so many houses in the village and expressed concern the scheme could end up as a "ghost estate".

Objections were also raised on grounds of potential traffic hazard and pressure on Portroe’s already overstretched sewage and water systems.

Lough Derg Portroe Developments said it had reached agreement with the council to contribute €80,000 towards upgrading the treatment plant in the village.

It will cater for the entire development and will be made available for other users but was "conditional on the entire folio for this development retaining its existing residential zoning", the company said.

Its consultant, engineer Martin Walsh said: "Thedevelopment will bring much needed upturn to commercial activity in the village and local area by using, where possible, local labour and material supplies."

North Tipperary County Council will deliver its ruling on the application later this month.

Irish Examiner

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